From Hugh Falconer 3 November 1861
3 Novr. 186〈4〉 | 9 p.m.
My dear Darwin
My most hearty congratulations to yourself, Mrs Darwin & all to whom you are dear at Down. The Council R.S have awarded to you the Copley Medal, and never was it better bestowed.2 Council just up.
Your friends—including myself did not fail to stand up for “the Origin of Specs”—as establishing a strong claim.3
Don’t charge me with inconsistency—or fancy for a moment that I am a 〈conv〉ert!4 I think the work has rare—very rare merits—voila tout!
With kind regards to Mrs. Darwin
Yours Ever affecly | H. Falconer
Majority of 12: rest combd had 65
P.S. I returned last night from Spain via France.6 On Monday I was at Dijon where—while in the Museum—M. Brullé Professor of Zoology,7 asked me what was my frank opinion of Charles Darwins Doctrine? He told me in despair, that he could not get his pupils to listen to any thing from him except à la Darwin! The poor man, could not comprehend it—and was still unconvinced—but that all young Frenchmen would hear or believe nothing else.8
Council of the Royal Society have awarded CD the Copley Medal.